In exactly 9 days, Fall semester at my college will be starting. College for me has absolutely been a roller coaster this year, courtesy of our good friend “virus who shall not be named.” I started spring semester with seven classes, including a heavy science and lab course which I was not looking forward to. And then March came, and my school closed down and classes went online. I ended up getting all good grades, but it was surprisingly hard with all the shifting online with classes that don’t work online (like a language and lab). I felt even more bad for the teachers who has to organize everything. But I survived and this coming semester I am prepared for the worst and best, especially since all my classes have been moved online yet again.
I signed up for five classes, my typical load, and I chose classes that I would be willing to take online (because at that point my school was uncertain whether they were going to open the school back up). I’m glad I did because at the end of July it was announced that all my classes would be online but with scheduled meeting periods. So…great.
But I thought even with the madness I should share with you the classes I’m taking. For those new to my blog, I’m a Senior attempting a History Bachelor’s (hopefully I’ll be graduating next fall). And now that I’ve gotten most electives/extra classes out of the way, I’m taking mostly focused classes this semester. So let’s get into the classes.
Intermediate Chinese I
This is my second year of Chinese. I’ve been studying on-and-off this summer to try to review what I already know, but I am disappointed that all language classes were announced to be online early. It’s the only class which I would prefer in person, because it’s really hard to do a language class online and take tests. But if the end of last semester is any indication, it will make the class easier.
However, it’s also disappointing that my Chinese professor from last semester retired and although I know and like the new Chinese teacher, I will miss my original one.
Survey of Communication Research
This is a required course for my degree, and the only online class I actually signed up for knowing it was an online class. Its description is “Introduction to the behavioral approach and current theories and experiments in communications research.” So…don’t know much about this class, but I figured I love research so it can’t be that bad.
American History to 1877
This is another history course I’m required to take, but one I’m super excited for. I took “American History from 1877” last semester and it was my favorite class of the year. I’m excited for this one because I hope to learn more about early America, like before the Europeans settled. I love reading books about Ancient Puebloans and the mounds found in Ohio, and I hope these are covered in the class. I look forward to learning more about the founding of the USA as well.
Introduction to Historical Analysis
I feel like this is a class which I should have taken my first semester, because it feels pretty basic for a history major, but at least I’m taking it now. It looks like it’s a class about how to do research and analyze historical evidence and documents. I’m really excited about it, and I hope it teaches me how to think about history in new ways.
Dead Seas Scrolls and Xian Origin
This is the first high level history class I will be taking. I don’t know much about this class, but anything about the Dead Seas Scrolls sounds fascinating to me. I’m also really excited that a Jewish Rabbi is teaching the class.
So, there are my classes. Definitely an easier workload than last semester, especially since I was hoping to get work on campus but that fell through because everything moved online so I won’t have a job.
We will see what happens in the future with all my classes. I kind of have to deal with the organization mess of my school and the constant uncertainty, but I always rise to a challenge! But it does look like the amount of students attending university this year is very small, and honestly I don’t blame them with the mess of America at this point.
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Best wishes in your life full of adventure,